Wednesday, 19 July 2017

Up In The Air 1 - Johannesburg by George Loveland - Review Tour

Buy Links: Amazon US | Amazon UK 

Length: 20,898 words 

Cover Design: Ethereal Ealain


Looking for love is the last thing air steward, James Foster, is thinking about when he swaps flights to save his hung-over best friend’s job. He doesn’t know that fate has other ideas and he would fall for the tall, bearded passenger, Darren Busby, sat in 14D. Up in the air, James finds that the connection he has with Darren is too strong to ignore.

After missing the opportunity to ask for Darren’s number, James' jaw hits the floor when Darren walks into the same hotel he is staying at. Butterflies and nerves take over, but soon give way to excitement as they get to know each other on the ground.

When James' ex, Richard, shows up and begs for forgiveness, James has to decide if going back to the man who broke his heart would be worth it, or if he should finally move on and take a chance on Darren.

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Up in the air is a sweet, short, and fun read. I honestly think I had a smile on my face more or less from start to finish.

James Foster is a sweetheart and too nice for his own good. While his kindness and generosity make him a wonderful (best) friend, they also mean that he sets himself up for pain when he insists on thinking/hoping that the bastard ex, Richard, might be redeemable. It is impossible not to root for James and cheer him on when someone who does care about and for him, Darren, shows an interest.

Darren, the gentle ‘giant’. While the blurb tells us that James falls for Darren (which he does, by the way) it is Darren who falls first, quite literally, and thus provided me with a laugh out loud moment. Darren is cute, kind and very protective when it comes to James. The moment when Darren comes face to face with Richard had me cheering from the sidelines.

James’ colleague and friend Annie was a wonderful addition to the story and just the sort of straight talking, no nonsense friend James needed. Richard on the other hand came, for me, perilously close to being a stereotype.

If I have an issue with the story it is that it felt a bit rushed to me. I could have done with not necessarily a longer story but with more words and time having been dedicated to the developing feelings and relationship between James and Darren. On the other hand, I did see that there will be another story featuring this couple, so maybe that treat is still in store for me.

All in all I enjoyed myself reading about James and Darren and I’m looking forward to reading more stories set ‘Up in the Air’. 

Author Bio

George was about eighteen when he told his friend that he was going to be a writer. It took him another eighteen years before he finally did anything about it and wrote his first short story. A typical Englishman, he drinks buckets of tea with milk—but no sugar, because he is sweet enough. His Nan told him so.

George lives just outside of London, but close enough to enjoy Soho and the West End, where you will find him in a bar with a pint, in a club dancing into the early hours of the morning, or enjoying a musical in the theater; but more than likely he will be in a coffee shop reading a book or writing a new story. Currently single, but taking applications for future husband position, George enjoys crafting romantic stories in which he hopes that one day, life will imitate art.

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